The mere self

Lea, Bronwyn (2012) The mere self. Australian Book Review, 1 341: 64-64.

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Author Lea, Bronwyn
Title The mere self
Journal name Australian Book Review
ISSN 0155-2864
Publication date 2012-05-01
Sub-type Creative work
Volume 1
Issue 341
Start page 64
End page 64
Total pages 1
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Book Review
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
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Late Night Shopping
by Rhyll McMaster
Brandl & Schlesinger, $24.95 pb, 80 pp, 9781921556302

Broadly speaking, there are two types of epitaphs: those formulated by loved ones to describe the living qualities of the interred; and those that would presume to speak from the grave. Writers, ever reluctant to pass up a blank page – even if it is a tombstone – are disproportionate constituents of the latter. H.G. Wells, father of science fiction, penned his epitaph: ‘Goddamn you all: I told you so.’ Dorothy Parker quipped ‘Excuse My Dust’, while Charles Bukowski, abandoning humour for something bleaker, counselled: ‘Don’t try.’ Rhyll McMaster, who happily still dwells among the living, claims her epitaph will one day read: ‘No-one knows.’

McMaster’s sixth collection of poems, Late Night Shopping, pursues a philosophical line of questioning present since her earliest work – ‘What is death?’ – and, trickier still, ‘What does it mean to be alive?’...
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Created: Mon, 25 Mar 2013, 20:16:01 EST by Dr Bronwyn Lea on behalf of School of Communication and Arts